Learn how to create a Sidebar in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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Alright. So, my Sidebar actually is not in the right position in the Layer Panel. So I am going to just move it right underneath the header so that it actually is covering the Navigation and what we are going to do is we are going to build a couple of things on the Sidebar, we are going to create a Search Input field, we're going to create an icon for linking to our Photo Gallery and we're also going to create an area where we can have our latest blog entries displayed.
We are going to get started by adding a Search Input field and this is going to be a relatively straight forward task. What we are going to do is add a new layer and then we are going to double click on the layer name and rename the layer to search input and before I actually draw anything on to the sidebar, what I am going to do is drag a couple of Guides on to the stage, we want to have about 10 pixel padding on each side. So we'll go ahead and create the appropriate guides, one at 945 pixels and the other one, I believe, at about 770 pixels. So this is the area that our Search box is going to be in as well as our icon for the slide show as well as our blog entry area.
So, we'll go ahead and press M for the Marquee Tool and we'll go and make a quick selection, okay. But I want to just snap to the guide, we'll just make a selection that's a little bit smaller than the Navigation and I will use the arrow keys on my keyboard to move the selection down a little bit, I am going to press Ctrl+Backspace to fill the marquee selection with the background color, okay, and that's our Search Input field.
The next thing we're going to do is add an icon for our Photo Slide Show. So we'll go back up to our File Menu and this time we're going to place an image that we've already worked on. So I'll go to File and then select Place and we're going to select photogallery_icon, click on Place and that brings up the photogallery_icon and now I can just move and resize it. So I'll move it to the area that it needs to be at, we'll hold down the Shift key and from the top left corner, it's going to click-and-drag until it snaps to the guide that we just created. That looks about right. We'll press Enter to accept this and we'll press the V key to get our Move Tool selected, I will hold that Shift key down and use our Up arrows to move the image up and that looks about right.
The next thing I am going to do is add a button underneath that. So we'll go ahead and create a new layer and we'll double click to rename it as the slideshow_button, okay. We'll select the Marquee Tool by pressing the M keyboard shortcut, make a quick selection, okay, that looks about right and what I want to do is create a button with the rounded edges. So I am going to go up to my Select Menu Item and I am going to select Modify and Smooth. I am going to accept the value of 8 pixels as the sample radius, we'll click OK and you can see that's basically rounded out the edges on my selection. I am just going to fill it with my foreground color, so Alt+Backspace or Alt+Delete on the Mac to fill this selection and what I am going to do is select a style and apply to this selection. So in order to do that, we need our Style Panel open, we'll go to our Window Menu item and select Styles and I want to select a style that is in the Web Styles Library. So I am going to go ahead and click on the Panel Menu and go down to Select Web Styles, okay. Photoshop is asking us if we want to replace the current styles or whether we want to append them. I am actually just going to replace the current style so I will click on OK and from the New Web Styles, I am going to select the Red Gel style. So I'll just single click on it and you can see that my selection takes on that same look and if we look at our layer, you'll notice that we have this effect that's been applied.
Now the color isn't quite right. So what I am going to do is double-click on the Effects icon. This is going to bring up our Layer Style dialog box and there is a couple of colors that I want to change. I am going to go to the Satin Effect, I am going to change this bright Red color by single clicking on it and selecting the darker red from our header again, click OK and under the Color Overlay, we'll do the same thing. We'll single click on the color and select the darker red from the header. We'll click OK and we'll click OK again and that button, actually, matches our side layout much better.
So the next we're going to do is just add some text. So we'll go over and select our Text Tool. I am going to make sure that our formatting is the way that we want it to be. So, we'll select Arial as our font, we'll stick with the Bold style and the size, but this time, we are going to Anti-Alias effects. So we'll go for a Crisp Anti-Alias and we want the font color to be White. So we'll just select that, we are going to click OK and now just click anywhere near our button and just type in the text that we want. So we will type in, the grind took it to the beach - check the pics!, okay. So that looks pretty good, has is, I am going to press Ctrl+Enter to accept and what I might want to do is add a quick Drop Shadow just to make it pop a little bit.
So we'll go to our Layer Menu, go to Layer Style, go to Drop Shadow and I am going to apply a Drop Shadow of 100 Opacity, 1 in distance and 1 pixel in size, click OK and that does it for our button.
Next up is our Blog Entry area. So to create that, we're going to start by creating a new layer, we'll rename it and we'll call this blog_bg, we'll select the Marquee Tool and we'll draw a selection using the guides that we've already created and we'll go down to 600 pixels or so. I am going to press Ctrl+Backspace to fill this area with a white fill from our background and I am going to set the Opacity down to about 10% and that gives us a nice gray background.
The next thing we're going to do is add our blog placeholder text. So we're going to add a guide or add a couple of guides. So we'll add one at 780 pixels and we'll another one at 935 pixels and this is just going to be for the padding for our blog text. We'll press Ctrl+D to Deselect the current selection and we'll go over to the Text Tool and we'll make a selection using the new guides that we've just got, okay. That looks about right. Now tick t the text, we are going to go into Notepad again. So we'll just Alt+Tab over. Of course, if you are using the Mac, you'd press Command+Tab and then it looks like we already have the text selected and we'll go to our Edit Menu, we'll copy, switch back to Photoshop and before I paste, I just want to make sure that the text formatting is selected correctly. So we have the Arial text, it will be Regular Style, 11 pixels in size, no Anti-Aliasing and White text. So that looks about right. We'll go ahead and press Ctrl+V to paste in the text.
What I want to do is format the Link text. So we'll do that by selecting it from the first entry and we'll change the color from white to this orange that our Skateboarder logo has on his pants, we'll click OK and we'll make sure that this is Bold Style, perfect! So I'll do the same thing to the next blog entry, change the color, click OK, change the Style to Bold and do it to the last one, change the color, click OK and select Bold. Okay, perfect! So we'll just press Ctrl+Enter to accept that and let's just take a look. That looks okay. What we want to do is just move that up just a little bit. So we'll press V to get the Move Tool highlighted and we'll hold down our Shift key and press the Up arrow key to move this up. Now that looks pretty good.
Okay. So the last things that's left to do is our footer which we are going to get started on next. Again, I find that I've got a lot of layers created here. So I am going to manage my layers and then start on the footer. So I'll go ahead and close the Styles Panel down and we'll select all of the layers that are associated with the Sidebar, Shift+Select them and we'll go into our Layers Panel Menu and we'll select New Group From Layers and we'll call this Sidebar, we'll click OK and there we go. I'll go ahead and save this document. So we'll go to our File Menu and click